Primary tabs

We are pleased to enjoy European exclusivity in this training on how to conduct sessions of philosophy for children. This course has been developed by Prof. Michel Sasseville.

Who is the programme designed for?

Primary and secondary school teachers, teaching team leads, philosophers, sociologists, psychologists, individuals working with communities, linguists, artists, writers, scientists. All those wishing to explore the enormous potential of a research community that develops through diversity, a curious mind, research and collaboration.

Programme Structure

The programme is strictly identical to the one proposed by Laval University. It consists of 5 modules of 3 credits and includes 3 modules of face-to-face teaching and 2 online modules.

Modules 1, 2 and 3 - Face to Face (in Geneva)

These three modules are mainly focused on the practical use of philosophy in a research community. They give students the opportunity to improve their critical thinking, creativity, ability to self-correct and the capacity to work with others.

Module 1 - "Thinking for ourselves: reason and emotion"
Participants are taught to be aware of the fundamental role of the laws of thought in the expression of higher order thinking.

Module 2 - "Thinking for ourselves: values ​​and truths"
Participants are expected to understand how and why philosophy, when properly integrated into teaching practice, can help develop an awareness of philosophical principles - primarily ethical - which govern the implementation of action.

Module 3 - "Thinking for ourselves: speech and silence"
Participants are asked to deepen their thinking on the essential role of language in the expression and representation of our experience.

Modules 4 and 5 (online)

Module 4 - "Observation in philosophy for children"
Winner of numerous awards, this course focuses on the observation of groups of children engaged in the act of philosophizing. The objective of this course is to learn to observe audiovisual material showing children of communities engaged in the practice of philosophy in the setting of a research community.

Module 5 - "Logical principles"
This course aims to make known some of the tools of thought and especially to show how to use them to better order prior knowledge or knowledge in acquisition. Students learn to analyze a text or a point of view, to distil the essence of it, defining the concepts involved, then to distinguish and evaluate the different arguments contained therein.

Obtaining the qualification

The Microprogramme certification is issued by Laval University when the student has passed the evaluations of each module. The Microprogramme corresponds to 15 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).

About Professor Michel Sasseville

Doctor of Philosophy and Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Laval (Quebec) and Head of Philosophy training programmes for children at the university, Michel Sasseville has been working on the development of this practice for almost 30 years. Visiting professor at several universities, author of several books on the subject, he has lectured extensively throughout the world. Michel Sasseville has received several awards, including one from the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sports in Quebec for his online course "The observation in philosophy for children" (included in this Microprogramme).


Registrations for the next Microprogramme that will take place in 2019-2020 will open soon. The first courses are scheduled in July 2019.


For questions, please write to

Lisa McGillivray
International School of Geneva